The new Marker KingPin M-Werks delivers the company’s storied downhill performance at a lower weight than the similarly named model. It reflects the extensive wisdom collected during the three years spent developing the Alpinist. The mix of each binding’s best features was achieved by joining the lighter, high-performance toe piece from the Alpinist with the tried-and-true KingPin heel pieces.
The heel piece is built to allow highly direct and efficient power transfer, which translates into better downhill ski control. New and lighter XXL Power Transmitters, which eliminate friction between boot and binding ensure proper release. These are set on the extreme lateral edges of the boot. In combination with the drill pattern set to 38mm of width, these features support excellent power transfer to the ski on the descent. The heel piece climbing aids that can be set to 0°, 7° or 13° make any climb easier while the pole basket is used to switch settings quickly and conveniently. The switchover from walking to skiing mode is also a simple flip of a new ergonomic lever. To accommodate any compatible ski boot the Kingpin M-Werks can be adjusted by up to 28 millimeters (+/- 14mm).
Lighter weights and ergonomic motion – the benefits of the PinTech binding system shine through on the climb. The KingPin M-Werks toe piece features a 30% share of long-fiber carbon, which allows for a design that is simultaneously lighter and stiffer than comparable gear. As a result, it requires only two springs. The visual mounting aids that let the skier quickly identify the correct position of the pins relative to the boot. Another essential innovation is the use of a new material mix in the heel. Here, too, power transfer, rigidity and weight are all improved thanks to a lightweight plastic that features 30% long-fiber carbon. “Anti ice pads” made of dynamic elastomer prevent the sensitive areas below the springs of the toe piece and on the brakes from freezing in extreme cold temperatures. This mechanism also shakes off ice when the toe piece is opened or closed.